Alongside a coalition of academics, organizations from civil society, and the Internet industry, we have sent a letter calling for the inclusion of intermediary liability protections, like Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, in NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). The letter was addressed to Ambassador Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as well as Mexican Secretary of Economy Guajardo, and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Freeland. The i2Coalition has long advocated for the preservation of the digital intermediary liability protections that have allowed the Internet to grow into what it is today.
“NAFTA presents a great opportunity to facilitate the growth of the Internet economy, lower barriers to trade, and fairly allocate liability. Uncertainty about liability for third party content has created a barrier to US Internet companies who seek to export to Mexico and Canada. Including online protections for Internet intermediaries will support US industry, and help provide an environment for Mexican and Canadian companies to grow,” said i2Coalition Co-Founder and Policy Chair David Snead.